Video Resource: "The Real Crime"

Malana Rogers-Bursen
December 26, 2017

I recently watched a short video called “The Real Crime”, created by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration. The Black Alliance for Just Immigration was founded in 2006 in order to bring the racial and economic justice into the immigrant rights movement and to build unity between African Americans and immigrants of color. The video highlights policies and practices that have created racial disparities in the criminal justice system. It also shows the negative effect of immigration policy and mass criminalization of African Americans.

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration writes, “Everyday, people of color in the United States are being criminalized for their economic condition, their race, their migrant status, gender and so much more.” In just four minutes, this video gives us a good picture of the history of criminalization of African Americans in the United States; and how this leads to overrepresentation of Black immigrants in detention and deportation proceedings.

This video can be a good resource to show the intersection of structural racism and issues immigrants face. It gives specific examples of policies that have had a negative and lasting effect on African American communities. “The Real Crime” can also serve a more general purpose to help people understand the impact of structural racism.

At one point in the video the narrator says, “It’s not personal, it’s structural.” At Everyday Democracy, we support communities to have productive dialogue on structural racism and racial equity. This video gives us yet another example of how racism functions on many levels – individual, interpersonal, institutional and structural.


Malana Rogers-Bursen is a Program Associate at Everyday Democracy


Sign Up for Email Updates!Wasn't that inspiring? Sign up for more stories like this one

For more than 25 years, Everyday Democracy has worked with communities across the country to foster a healthy and vibrant democracy – one that is characterized by strong relationships across divides...

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.